BYOD Policies Are MIA at Many Organizations

By Dennis McCafferty
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    64% of IT pros surveyed said there is no official BYOD policy at their organization, and nothing has been communicated to staff about BYOD. That's up from 43% last year.

Given the potential that mobility has to significantly affect enterprise operations and security, you would probably expect that more organizations would adopt comprehensive policies supporting their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. Surprisingly, the opposite is true, according to a recent TEKsystems survey of technology workers. In fact, significantly fewer survey respondents said their company maintains and enforces such policies. The vast majority feel that this puts sensitive enterprise data at risk. "The growing deficiency of BYOD policy … is astonishing, especially given the heightened threats of cyber-crime and mobile security attacks," says Jason Hayman, market research manager at TEKsystems. "The degree of exposure to risk is amplified by the fact that IT professionals and other employees are always connected, and are working from multiple devices from just about any location. Companies have become completely overwhelmed by the process of instituting and upholding BYOD controls, don't feel that there is a legitimate threat, or have made the dangerous assumption that their tech-savvy workforce doesn't need direction regarding safe use of personal devices." Meanwhile, workers are feeling less control over their personal lives, as the ubiquitous quality of mobile connectivity makes them feel as if they're always working. More than 300 IT professionals in North America took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-10-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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